Etrog Icebox Shortbread Cookies

Etrog (Citron)

    125 g (1/2 cup AKA 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus as much as needed for rolling
    1/2 cups rice flour or tapioca starch 
    Zest from one etrog (citron), or Meyer lemon, or dried yuzu (Japanese citron). Or: mix in 1/4 cup of candied citron peel

- Using your tool of choice (fork, wire whisk or an electric mixer) beat tougher the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour, mixing just until a dough forms. Stir in desired mix-ins.
- Divide dough in half; wrap with a plastic wrap and gently roll each into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Place in the freezer for at least one hour (or store up to several months so that you can just slice and bake a few cookies on demand whenever unexpected company is coming)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Unwrap logs, and using a French knife, slice dough 3/8 inch thick (if dough crumbles, leave at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes). Arrange slices, about 1 inch apart, on baking sheets.
- Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Spring Fling: Afternoon Tea & Perfume Sensorium May 27th

Spring Fir Needle Tips

This Sunday I will be hosting my first Afternoon Tea & Perfume Sensorium
- which is a fancy name for my legendary fragrant tea parties, plus you get to pick a perfume

Sunday, May 27th, 2-4pm

#314-1230 Haro Street, Buzz #295

Call (778) 863-0806 or email.

These are more than just an afternoon tea party - they are a feast to the senses and a real treat - an opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the innovative aromatic pastries, savouries and desserts infused with rare aromatics from my unique collection of exotic spices, herbs and pure botanical essences.

Menu for our Spring Fling!

1st Tier: Sandwiches & Savouries
Cucumber & Wasabi tea sandwiches
Asparagus mimosa tea sandwiches

2nd Tier: Scones
Black Cherry Scones
- Served with clotted cream & homemade jam

3rd Tier: Desserts
Pannacotta with Orange Flower Rhubarb Compote
Hazelnut Brownies
Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Tea Served:
Jasmine Pearls
Spring Fir Needle Tip (Wild Harvested)
Chilled Elderflower cordial

The food is primarily sourced from local and/or organic growers and is all prepared lovingly by hand. Each tea party has a special theme - and also includes an interactive sensual presentation that will open up your olfactory world and brings fresh ideas as well as olfactory and aromatic traditions from around the world. This Sunday, our

Admission $100 per person (we will refund you for the shipping you were charged at the checkout), which includes a mini perfume (or a $50 credit towards any other product of your choice).

Please note:
If purchasing more than one ticket, please let us know the full names of the guests you're bringing with you, either by email, phone or in the comment box at the checkout. Looking forward to having you as our afternoon tea guests!

Our New Schedule is Up!

Check out the new schedule for all of our upcoming events, classes, etc.
You can visit our Calendar page for more details, but also a simple click on the "BOOK NOW" button on SmellyBlog's right side bar will lead you there!

It is divided into "Services" (i.e.: privately booked studio appointments, perfume & tea parties, and custom perfume consultations); and classes (including all of our workshops, natural perfumery courses, etc.).

Hope you will find the tool user-friendly and helpful!

Looking forward to seeing you in my next events, workshops and classes.

Last Day for Mother's Day Deal!

Today is the last day for our very special Mother's Day deals:

15% off on everything you get on our online boutique (sample packages and wardrobes are the only exception - for anything else, you get 15% off whatever is the price listed currently online).
To activate this deal, please add the code "MOM415" in the comment box in the checkout. Your order will be refunded manually after we receive it on our end.

Also, we have a deal via Groupon for an Afternoon Tea & Perfume Sensorium.
Get a ticket to one of our own events (which also gives you a $50 gift certificate); or purchase a voucher for your very own event!
Our tea parties have been featured in Taste & Sip Magazine and Fresh Cup Magazine, and make a perfect memorable experience for bridal stagettes, baby showers, anniversaries and other triumphant moments in life you'd want to celebrate with close family and friends!

"Spice It Up" Valentine's Tea Party February 13th 2011

Perfume sniffing!
Beautiful ladies engaged in the sensory world of perfumery.

5-tiered tea try :-)
The infamous 5-tiered tea tray with all the goodies!

The whole spread...

The menu:
Tier 1: Sandwiches & Savouries
Cucumber + Mint Tea Sandwiches
Tomato + Basil Tea Sandwiches
Carrot + Ginger Tea Sandwiches
Curried Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Tier 2: Scones + Cream
Rosemary + Lavender Scones
Cheddar + Cayanne Scones
Served with Devonshire Cream and with Fig + Walnut Jam

Tier 3: Desserts and Petitfours
Banana Fudge Brownies
Geranium + Fleur de Sel Shortbread
Rose + Almond Sables
Date + Coconut Rolls
White Potion Truffles

Tea Selection:
Moroccan Mint Tea, served with Orange Flower Water
French Earl Gray (Shaktea)
Roses et Chocolat HOT chocolate, served with CocoaNymph's very own saffron marshmallows!

Perfume sniffing party!
Perfume sniffing party!

Hot Rose et Chocolat topped with Saffron Marshmallows by CocoaNymph
Roses et Chocolat hot drinking chocolate, topped with saffron marshmallows!
Rachel of CocoaNymph have created them especially for my tea party. I used her drinking chocolate (dark Belgian chocolate, melted into half-and-half...), and infused it with rosewater and a dash of hot chili pepper. The most seductive hot chocolate I've ever experienced...!

Heart Cup
Hearty tea cup with a heart tea strainer.

Layering the tea try with hand-cut heart doillies.

Door Prizes

Little door prizes, including raffle tickets, miniature Roses et Chocolat bars and a fragrant tea bag (Earl Gray Cream).

Nao and Jessica reading the fanbooks and picking favourite scents.

White Potion + Guilt Truffles
White Potion truffles (white chocolate + tuberose + coconut), and Guilt truffles (dark chocolate + orange flower + wild orange).

The hostess...

The tea party on Sunday, February 13th was a great success. And it was all thanks to my awesome friends - Jolanta Va (who took most of the pics for the party, and helped to host it), Monique Trottier (who helped me to make all the sandwiches, decorate, host the party and help the guests pick perfumes) and Rachel Sawatzky (with her amazing chocolates and marshmallows!) that I was able to pull it off, once again... These parties are a lot of fun to initiate, but a huge production that is quite devastating to undertake on my own. I'm so thrilled, thankful and happy to have such wonderful friends and wonderful customers who support me in Vancouver. I can certainly feel the love and hope you do too!
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